BP Oddo allocated $500,000 in capital funding to turn the space into an immersive STEM learning environment. The facility includes eight science stations with different themes, including an arch bridge, Lite Brite pixy pegs, Bernoulli blower, hyperbolic-funnel, Ferrofluid Magnetoscope, water table, design challenge, and a race track. In addition, the upstairs area will serve as a "Makerspace," where students will learn science, math, and technology through hands-on activities.
“I’m excited to see students from across the Island experiencing hands-on STEM learning at the new Hall of Science,” said Borough President James Oddo. “This is a great transformation of a previously underutilized space at the Petrides complex, and this is an example of common sense that isn’t too common at times across government. Kevin Moran and everyone associated with this project should be proud and deserve our appreciation for willing this Hall of Science into existence. Our students are going to benefit from this living and breathing science lab.”
“I am thrilled that students in Staten Island will have this new opportunity to experience hands-on, innovative science instruction,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “I thank the Borough President for his partnership on this new state of the art science center and continued commitment to our students and schools.”
The space had been previously used to store Department of Education archives.